Faculty Book Talk by Michael Fisher, Robert S. Danforth Professor of History. Fisher's book, The Inordinately Strange Life of Dyce Sombre: Victorian Anglo-Indian MP and Chancery ‘Lunatic, examines the life of David Ochterlony Dyce Sombre (1808-1851). The descendant of German and French Catholic mercenaries, a Scots Presbyterian subaltern, and their secluded Indian wives, Dyce Sombre defied all classification in the North Indian principality where he grew up. He also lived as the adopted child of a Muslim courtesan, a woman who would transform herself into the wildly successful, Catholic ruler of a small, cosmopolitan kingdom.
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